What Next As Boinett’s Ultimatum To Bandits Expires?
Despite the ultimatum, no animals or weapons have been returned.
Baragoi residents now say they fear further attacks from the armed rustlers.
They are now calling on the government to help them recover their stolen livestock believed to be in the deadly Suguta Valley, famously known as the Valley of Death.
While giving the ultimatum, Boinett said that the government would not tolerate any other cases of banditry and would act swiftly once the ultimatum expires.
"These groups and any other implicated in similar crimes have 48 hours to take heed this call, after which they will only have themselves to blame for the consequences of their defiance," Boinett said.
"I do not want to tell these criminals, that I will be going there with a club, or with arrows, or carry a certain firearm; we will deploy all available assets to deal with all those forms of criminality," he added.
Officers injured and admitted to hospital
Cattle rustling has been rampant in Baringo, Pokot, Turkana, Laikipia and Samburu counties.
Last week, two herders were shot dead and five others seriously injured in an attack by armed raiders at Ngoriche area in Samburu North Sub County.
Area Chief John Lesoloiya said that the more than 200 bandits also made away with over 2,000 livestock after ambushing herders.
Lesoloiya says an anti-stock theft officer, who was among the police officers who responded to the raid, was seriously injured and is admitted at the Samburu County Referral hospital in Maralal town.
The chief added that 13 families lost their cattle to the rustlers who drove them towards Logetei.
The raid came even as police in the area pursued bandits who stole cattle from Suyan and Bendera Villages in Samburu North recently.
About a month ago, armed bandits shot dead two people and injured two more when they ambushed Suyan village in Samburu.
Elsewhere, two people were shot dead by more than 50 heavily armed bandits in Kaputir village, Turkana South.
The bandits attacked the area at around 11pm and made away with more than 5,000 animals.
Locals have urged the government to beef up security along the Pokot –Turkana border due to what they term as rampant attacks.
By Maureen Murimi.
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